See you in Nairobi - a blog by Ollie Humphries

With just over 3 weeks until we set off for Ol Maisor, team October 2014 had the chance to meet, ask all the little questions that you don’t want to normally ask and meet our tent mates (Nicola & Linzi have already sorted out the interior design for the girls tent & placed it as far away from the snorers as possible).   Attending an orientation day is great as it turns out we all had the same questions and minor concerns.  We have a few veterans (Cyril, Andy & Beverley) with us and they quickly put those to bed and made light of some of the 1st world issues we have.

We spent time talking about our projects that we need to complete.  The number 1 priority is to start building an elevated medical centre that will support both the school and local community – this we all agree is something that will add real value to the area.  Foreman Lidbetter has already started forming his squads for cement mixing and moving of bricks – I think Officer Deutsch will be critical here.  We also have a few other key projects that we want to support the community with to ensure they can become self-sufficient and enterprising (those being agricultural farming and the selling of the clean water).  Nicola Frampton is now Adam Sandler (Waterboy) and I am #FarmerHumphries.  We also have numerous other projects we want to complete including; setting up a DVD facility for educational & recreational TV, teaching English and other key skills during lessons, organising an Olympics style event that brings children and their families together with us so we can make closer connections and helping with local enterprise/economy by encouraging small start-up businesses (Andy Lee is our very own Dragon)

Matt Warner has already acquired full football kits for the children’s teams at the school and we will also be taking an aluminium bowl for all students and mosquito nets that will be used as part of our enterprise schemes.

Paul Iredale took us through some personality profiling (Myers Briggs) and we had a chance to display our preferences over dinner.  The ‘T’s’ had a frank conversation about injections whilst the ‘F’s’ had concern for the individuals and the ‘J’s’ arrived early for dinner happy with their pre-selected meal and the ‘P’s’ looked at what everyone else was eating and wished they’d ordered that.  Paul will continue our personal development journey whilst we are in Kenya.

By 10pm and a few glasses of wine later we already felt like a team and it was strange to say see you in Nairobi.  Time to go and get those last few bits (balloons, baby clothes, pegs and Deet) and get in touch with my old geography teacher as I knew crop rotation would one day be a subject I needed.

I’m now what I’d describe as nervous excited – plenty to get sorted before we go and good to have some tasks to complete.  However I’m under no illusion that I won’t find this an emotional trip as having 2 very young children and how privileged they are, seeing others way of life will be different and at points tough.  I’m determined to bring a smile to the faces of the children whilst we are there, but importantly leave a legacy that helps them become even more self-sufficient for future generations.